Welcome to Room 1's blog. We are a Year 4-8 class at Te Mahia School situated on the Mahia peninsula. This year looks to be bigger and brighter than ever. Our teachers are Miss Kereru each day until 12pm. Then Miss O'B from 12pm until home time. We are a dedicated bunch of learners who take risks daily and are not afraid of hard work. Check out our class blog to see how Room 1 roll.
Well what can I say.. Week 6 of Term 4 we had an adventurous week up at Waikaremoana, the children enjoyed being together at Camp Kaitawa. They loved kayaking and the short walks but did a lot of moaning on the long walks. Needless to say their efforts were amazing and they completed some very hard walks. The look on their faces when we reached our destinations in our walks were priceless! The views around Lake Waikaremoana were spectacular and breath taking and well worth it! The children created memories together that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all the parent helpers who joined us on our walks and to our cooks who cooked some beautiful kai. Our camp couldn't have been as successful as it was without you all. We hope you enjoyed your time with us at camp!!
What a busy week we have had last week. Week 7 consisted of our Eastern Zone Athletics first up on the Monday, Year 7 and 8's had tech on Wednesday, our school bbq was Thursday and Friday we rocked out Water Safety Day down at Whangawehi!!
I was so proud of our Te Mahia School tamariki and how they applied themselves in each event at athletics last week. Everyone participated, supported and encouraged one another. Thank you to all those who supported our children and were able to join us on the day.
Our school bbq was a success, a great turnout from whanau, friends and the community. The Year 8 speeches were excellent. They really stepped it up and proved to themselves that they can be confident speakers.
Te Mahia School is involved with the
Whangawehi Catchment Management Group and is also a Bronze Enviro–school.During the year, the school has had workshops
both at school and in the local community. These workshops have focused on
sharing the knowledge and skills of local kaumatua and kuia in the Mahia
community. Their children act as kaitiaki by acting locally and thinking
As part of a year long challenge, two
students were selected to travel with the Department of Conservation to spend a
week on Waikawa, (Portland Island).Jack
Delaney (Year 7) and D’Magio Karangaroa (Year 5) from Te Mahia School, Helen
Jonas, Eru Karangaroa & Joan Ropiha left Mahia Beach last Tuesday by boat
and travelled to the island.
On the island, conservation work such as
trapping for, rats and stoats was undertaken.Tracking tunnels had peanut butter inside to entice pests to walk over
the ink. This was used to determine which animals were on the island.Small Darwin ants are on the island, a survey
was done to find how wide spread they were. A green paste was used to lure them
to eat it in little containers. If there were ants in the containers, lids were
placed on them. The Darwin ant is bad news for the native wildlife.The NZ shore plover (a critically endangered
bird) is on the island and a goal of DOC is to increase the population of these
birds. Also the NZ Dotterel (another endangered bird) is on the island as
well.The group observed these birds and
were trying to see if there were chicks and nests. One NZ Shore Plover chick was
caught, weighed and metal banded.
Staying at the woolshed during the week was a
comfortable base for the group. Meals and dishes were prepared and all mucked
in to have a very enjoyable week.This
really was the opportunity of a life time for the 2 students as so many Mahia
locals have never been to the island.They are very grateful for the opportunity and learnt so much. Many
thanks to the Tawapata South Incorporated committee for allowing the two
students to travel to the island. Also to Helen Jonas who went above and beyond
with making this opportunity happen for the two boys.
We have definitely had a busy start to the Term with
Enviroschools and Pet Day, the Year 7 and 8’s travelling to Wairoa College for
woodwork and cooking.
We have lots going
on with the Whakarewa Run tomorrow, our Enviroschools Thursday at Kinikini
Reserve and the Wairoa District Schools Kapahaka Festival at Mohaka School
Friday. I so cannot wait to see our talented tamariki perform on stage. They
have been practicing really hard with their tutor, Grace.
Next week we head off to Camp Kaitawa, it is going to be an
amazing time and an opportunity for the class to work together in the outdoors,
explore the surroundings and have fun. The tamariki will let you know how our ventures go!!
Here is an example of persuasive writing the children looked at in the classroom. They had to identify the topic of the writing, the emotive language used and the ideas in each paragraph. It proved for great discussion in class as some of the children were counter arguing the points made in the persuasive text. It made for a great debate!
NO MOBILE PHONES AT SCHOOL!
Mobile phones have no place in a school. And that’s that!
What good reason is there for allowing students to bring an object capable of
so much disruption into a school?
Firstly, lets look at the amount of mobile phone footage on
youtube: we can see both teachers and students being humiliated in front of a
It is appalling that people should be made to suffer in this
Some people may argue that students need to contact their
parents. Newsflash schools have landlines that don’t suffer from poor
reception, that don’t run out of credit and don’t disrupt learning. A member of
staff will also be better at delivering any distressing news.
It is impossible impossible for students to concentrate on
their learning when they are receiving a text from their friends and studies
have revealed that they lead to poorer literacy as students learn text
abbreviations. Sir John Dove in his recent government report recently said,
“Schools that have a strict ban on mobile phones achieve, on average 20%,
higher exam results than the schools that do not.
Can a teacher really compete with the latest gossip on
facebook? Will a principal be able to intercept a bully texting their victims
all sorts of malicious insults? Can a student justify bringing their mobile
phone into school?
amazing!!! The weather was lovely, who could have asked for a better weekend. We
had an excellent turn out of people too. Our Te Mahia School Gala is our major fundraiser. It was a wonderful
family event and a bargain hunter’s dream!
There were so many stalls to visit including coconut shy, bungee grab,
darts, crayon canvas artwork by Room 1 children, tag my name, multi raffles, a
library full of clothing and linen, and many more!
You wouldn’t go hungry at our gala, there was food galore; haangi, sausage sizzles, seafood chowder, chop suey, bbq, hot chips, waffles, and
cakes and slices from our cake stall.
A big thank you to everyone who helped prepare and set up for the gala,
donate items and prizes, man the stalls on the day, and helped with the big
clean up at the end. A massive weekend enjoyed by all!! Awesome work our Mahia Community, you never fail to deliver!!
Room 1 tamariki learning and practicing their chosen song or piece of their chosen song played by their favourite guitarist.
It is incredible to see the amount of energy the children are putting into their inquiry learning. They bounce ideas off each other, support each other and collaborate together, learning guitar chords or guitar tabs. I cannot wait to hear their individual and group guitar performances, and looking forward to their debates.
This term Room 1 children are looking at 'Guitar heroes', for their
inquiry learning. They are to research and present the following:
1) Select their favourite guitarist.
2) Watch and look at videos of their guitarist, playing the guitar.
3) Write down 10 questions that will form the basis of their research.
Answer their questions about their chosen guitarist (information
4) Learn to play a piece of music (by chosen guitarist). The children
get to choose the length of the played piece and if they are playing
5) Debate - Persuasive writing about their guitarist, informing the
audience on why their guitarist is the best. The children know persuasive
writing consists of and that they need to engage the audience and persuade them
that their guitarist is the best! Their information reports will help support
their persuasive writing.
Jeniffer Batten is undoubtedly my favourite guitarist!
quite appropriately be dubbed the undisputed Queen of Shred, and one of the
genre’s finest guitarists—male or female.
The “shred” classification is, however, too limiting a name
for a player of such exemplary technique, inspiring talent, and amazing
At the age of eight, Batten began playing guitar, influenced
by the Beatles and BB King. She later attended the Guitar Institute of
Technology in Hollywood, becoming the school’s first female graduate in 1979.
She was noted especially for her technical prowess and impressive two-hand
tapping style. At the time, the eight-finger tapping technique Batten had
mastered was a feat of complexity practically unheard of in guitar circles, and
established her as a talent well ahead of her time.
Playing in various fusion/rock bands, Batten also taught at the Guitar Institute of Technology, and published two
instructional books; Hal Leonard’s “Two Hand Rock” and “The Transcribed Guitar
Solos of Peter Sprague.”
She was also asked by Michael Jackson to audition for his
band. He picked her from a large number of qualified candidates to take on the
guitar responsibilities in Michael Jackson’s band for the Bad (1987-89),
Dangerous (1992-93), and HIStory (1996-97) world tours, as well as Jackson’s
1993 Super Bowl half-time performance (which was viewed by 1.5 billion people
in 80 nations).
If you’re a guitar player, or a fan of shredding, you owe it
to yourself to check out the “Queen of Shred.” Regardless of your style,
Jennifer Batten will undoubtedly prove an inspired addition to any playlist!